Recently, my parents were here visiting us in Spokane. I loved it. And, as usual, I cried like a baby when they left. I can't help it. I guess I just can't cut the cord -- but I love having them around. They stayed with us in our tiny apartment, and it was great. (pictures to come)
While they were here, I realized that some things I do to save money on our grocery bill -- not everyone does. I guess I knew it before, but it all had become routine for us. So, here are some of those things:
* We eat a lot of beans in our meals.
* I never buy tortillas anymore. I just make my own wheat tortillas. No preservatives and they're hearty.
* I buy my spices, pasta, rice, sugar, oats, and flour from the bulk food section.
* I plan our meals for a month -- as I've mentioned before.
* I've started to buy dry beans instead of canned beans. (I'm looking for a good refried beans recipe if anyone has one)
* I don't buy granola bars anymore. I make them. (once again, no preservatives, and much cheaper)
* I've started to can meat. When there's a good deal on chicken breasts (recently $.99/lb), I buy a bunch and can it. Thanks Cherie for helping me.
These are just a few things I do, but it has really made a huge difference in our food bill. When I have money left over in our food budget, I've been stocking up for our food storage. I'm really trying to get a working 3 month supply going, and we are on our way. I get so much satisfaction from making good, nutritious meals, saving money, and getting our food storage going.
"'Cuz if getting food storage and eating healthy meals is wrong, I don't want to be right." -- Marcus Green